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Royals done sitting Billy Butler
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Though Billy Butler looked like he may have lost his DH job to Josh Willingham for the first couple weeks after Eric Hosmer returned from a hand injury, Royals manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star Sunday that the longtime Royal will play every day the rest of the way.

Butler went 2 for 4 with an RBI Sunday against the Tigers. It was just his sixth start in the team's last 15 games.

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Jed Lowrie exits after getting hit in foot
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie was hit in the foot by a pitch in his first at-bat Sunday against the Phillies, but the Athletics didn't remove him from the game until the fifth inning. Nick Punto took his place.

"He's all right," manager Bob Melvin told "Just got it pretty good on the foot. As a shortstop you have to have your range, and on the ball in the hole he was having a little trouble getting over there."

Lowrie is day to day.

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Xander Bogaerts should be back Tuesday
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who left Sunday's game with a stiff neck, should be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Rays, according to the Providence Journal. The injury was the aftereffect of him getting hit by a ricocheted ball in batting practice.

Though Bogaerts is having a so-so rookie season, he has been terrific in September, batting .312 (24 for 77) with four home runs and an .840 OPS.

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Pedro Alvarez could return for postseason
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Though Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who hasn't played since Sept. 5, has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season, he could potentially return for the NLDS if the Pirates advance that far, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune. The Pirates are currently tied with the Giants for the top wild card spot.

Alvarez had lost his starting third base job to Josh Harrison even before the injury, but he had begun transitioning to first base, making five starts there.

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Jason Heyward has swelling in the thumb
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, who was out of the lineup for a third straight game Sunday against the Mets because of a thumb injury, hasn't been able to grip a bat yet because of swelling in the thumb, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He remains day to day.

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Chaz Roe designated for assignment
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Yankees designated right-hander Chaz Roe for assignment Sunday. Roe made three appearances for them in September, allowing two earned runs on three hits and three walks in two innings.

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Astros relievers have hurt obliques
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

According to the Houston Chronicle, Astros relievers Darin Downs and Josh Fields are both nursing oblique injuries. Because Downs aggravated a previous injury, he could possibly miss the rest of the season.

Downs last pitched in a game Friday. Fields, who was beginning to earn some save opportunities, hasn't pitched since Sept. 9.

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Ryan Vogelsong hurt by poor defense
by Larry Hartstein |

Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong took the loss in Sunday's 8-2 defeat to the Padres, but it wasn't all his fault. He allowed four runs (two earned) and four hits over five-plus innings as the Giants committed two errors. Vogelsong struck out five and walked one.

Vogelsong (8-12) has gone seven innings just once in his past seven starts. He'll face the Padres again at home Friday.

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Ian Kennedy hits milestone with Padres
by Larry Hartstein |

Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy fanned five in an 8-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday, giving him a career-high 201 strikeouts and making him just the fourth San Diego pitcher to fan 200 in a season. Kennedy allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings as he improved to 12-13.

Kennedy, who has a 3.76 ERA, will face the Giants again Friday in San Francisco.

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Ryan Rua's first homer is a big one
by Larry Hartstein |

Rangers left fielder Ryan Rua belted his first career homer in the ninth inning Sunday to lift Texas to a 2-1 win over the Angels. Rua's solo shot off Huston Street was his first home run in 83 major-league at-bats.

He's hitting .313 with 10 RBI.

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